Geek Picks for June 10th, 2020!
We have made it to mid-June! Over the next couple of weeks, millions of high schoolers across the country will turn into grads! This wasn’t the way we all planned for it to go! But from all of us at OG, WAY TO GO CLASS OF 2020! And now our Geek Picks for June 10th, 2020!
Tony and Brian: Batman: The Adventures Continue #1
Tony: I’ve been collecting all of the series based on Batman: TAS and I just can’t stop and not collect this one too! Paul Dini is writing. Ty Templeton is back doing the art! There’s a Joker special that’s going to dominate this week’s picks. But this one is what I will be clamoring for!
Brian: I’ve loved the Batman: The animated series since it first debuted back in September 1992 and now the adventure continues with a new saga. The first of 6 mini issue series as Wayne Enterprises in Gotham City is attacked by a giant robot that steals an entire room from the laboratory. Who’s controlling the robot? How will Batman stop the mechanized menace? And what does it all have to do with Lex Luthor’s sudden appearance in Gotham?
Writer: Paul Dini, Alan Burnett
Artist: Ty Templeton
From the visionary producers of Batman: The Animated Series come all-new stories in this seminal animated world. In this opening chapter, Wayne Enterprises in Gotham City is attacked by a giant robot that steals an entire room from the laboratory. Who’s controlling the robot? How will Batman stop the mechanized menace? And what does it all have to do with Lex Luthor’s sudden appearance in Gotham?
Publisher: DC Comics
Jan: DC Classics: Batman Adventures #1
See where it all began in this reprint of the very first comic based on the ground-breaking Batman: The Animated Series. While I am recommending this book for all of you, I hope that this isn’t a trend. DC Comics had been releasing reprints for only a dollar. This one is twice that price! It’s the first of a new series of duplicates for $1.99. Hopefully, the days of Dollar Comics isn’t over…
Writer: Kelly Puckett
Artist: Ty Templeton
Why does the Penguin plan to become Gotham City’s biggest philanthropist? Find out in this reprint of the debut issue of DC’s classic all-ages series, the first of a new monthly series of reprints with a $1.99 cover price!
Publisher: DC Comics
Rating: All Ages
William: The Joker 80th-Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular #1
Oh so many wonderful covers to choose from, not to mention my favorite DC Villain of all time (since 1974) when I first source Cesar Romero is the Joker on the Batman TV show. I know this is just another DC money grab, which is just a little less than a Marvel money grab for those keeping score. What with a major Joker story/event launching too this is a must have. I shall spend many hours today trying to decide which cover to get.
The Clown Prince of Crime celebrates 80 years of chaos! The Joker has been the greatest villain in comics since his debut and to celebrate we have a who’s who of comics’ finest talent giving the Harlequin of Hate the birthday roast he deserves. The stories feature a range of terror and anarchy, showing how the Joker has impacted Gotham City from the police to Arkham Asylum, from the local underworld to the Dark Knight and his allies! Make sure to RSVP to this birthday bash-you wouldn’t want to wake up with a Joker Fish on your doorstep, would you?
Publisher: DC Comics
Joe: Last Stop, Volume 1
The first chapter of this original comic had me hooked after the first few pages. I couldn’t wait for the trade to be released so I could experience the rest of the story. That day arrives this Wednesday! An African American superhero, who is seemingly the last of his kind, is faced with a terminal illness. To make things worse, his arch nemesis returns, bringing with him a sinister surprise. And that’s all just in the first issue of this dramatic superhero adventure. For those who need more convincing before buying, keep your eyes on the OG website for my upcoming review of the first volume of last stop.
Writer: Trey Walker
Artist: Hoyt Silva
Special NONSTOP! Imprint trade paperback where Scout releases a World Premiere issue followed by the entire story in a collected volume at a special reduced price! Seven issues worth of art and story for the price of five! Time is ticking for the World’s last superhero. Disillusioned, Lincoln Adams (a.k.a. Unstoppable) must make peace with the changing world around him-can there truly be a place for him in a world without Supers? After learning of his terminal disease, Lincoln sees an easy way out; however, the re-emergence of an old Arch-Nemesis, and a new shadowy masked figure, turn Lincoln’s plans of an easy passing on their head. Can Lincoln stop this new threat before the disease stops him?
Publisher: Scout Comics
David: Adventureman #1
New series by Matt Fraction and the Dodson’s from Image Comics. Not sure what to make of it yet, the solicit suggests that AdventureMan’s newest adventure happens 80 years after his death. It sounds interesting, maybe a mix between Captain America and Hellboy with a little Mandela Effect tossed in. Looking forward to picking this one up on Wednesday.
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Publisher: Image Comics
Don: The Flash #755
Dandy Don the Valiant is geeking out for: Flash #755. Written by Joshua Williamson with art by Rafa Sandoval. And check out the cool variant cover by Matteo Scalera. This is the conclusion of The Flash Age story arc. Flash has been battling a new villain named Paradox. And to beat his new foe, he has to team up with one of his oldest old foes…the Reverse Flash! (gulp!). Looking forward to seeing how this one’s going to end.
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Rafa Sandoval
“The Flash Age” races to its stunning conclusion! Flash is forced to work side-by-side with his greatest foe as he teams up with the Reverse-Flash against his new foe, Paradox! But the damage Paradox did to the Flash legacy might be too much to undo!
Publisher: DC Comics
Gaumer: The Kill Lock #5
Livio Ramondelli’s amazing story about a gang of robots found guilty of various crimes, all connected through the Kill Lock: If one of them dies, they all die, has been on of the most personal, emotional, and overall wonderful comic book series I’ve read in a long time. The penultimate chapter drops this week, things are coming to ahead for the group, and I cannot wait to see how the end of this gets set up. Kill Lock #5 is on the very top of my comic stack this week.
Writer: Livio Ramondelli
Artist: Livio Ramondelli
Run down. Beat up. On their last legs. The Linked know that this is their final chance to find a cure for The Kill Lock. Face-to-face with the last hope for salvation, will it be relief or pain? If one dies… they all do.
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Joshua: Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish TP
I think the D&D comics that IDW publish are a ton of fun to read and should be must-buy for anyone looking for something that doesn’t involve capes and cowls.
Writer: B. David Walters
Artist: Tess Fowler
An all-new adventure of epic scope and flair that combines the elements of storytelling and action that make every campaign so fun! When war threatens the Moonshae Isles, legendary heroes return to defeat the forces of an unthinkable foe. The Forgotten Realms are changed forever as young wizard Helene and her friends grow from raw recruits on the streets of Mintarn into powerful warriors. Advance solicited for November.
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Thomas: Daredevil #20
It’s been a long time since Daredevil has been this dang good. On top of that, it’s been a long time since we’ve had a new issue of ol’ Hornhead’s adventures. Last issue left off with Matt and Bulleseye face to face as a gang war rages around them. Over twenty issues Zdarsky and Checchetto have broken the Man without Fear again. This time forcing him to question himself, his abilities and even motives as the savior of Hell’s Kitchen. But, with a little help from an old fling Matt’s finally coming back into his own. Get on this one before next issue when Matt once again dons the cowl!
Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Marco Checchetto
- The streets of Hell’s Kitchen are burning as all hell breaks loose.
- In the chaos, Matt must discover what it means to be DAREDEVIL.
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Rating: Teen Plus
And here’s Thomas with a Bonus pick…
Thomas: The Cimmerian Red Nails #1
Ablaze Comics have recently dipped into the fountain of Robert E. Howard and have begun to produce their own Conan comics. I skipped on their first offering Queen of the Black Coast but with Red Nails I’m in. Red Nails is one of Howard’s most well known Conan stories and has been adapted numerous times. However, with the promise of uncensored adventures written for a mature audience this may be one to watch! Now, the question of how they are publishing Conan comics with Marvel owning the rights is a better left for another day.
Writer: Regis Hauterie
Artist: Oliver Vatine , Didier Cassegrain
THE RETURN OF ROBERT E. HOWARD’S FAMOUS SAVAGE UNCENSORED!
Robert E. Howard’s Conan is brought to life uncensored! Discover the true Conan, unrestrained, violent, and sexual. Read the story as he intended!
In Red Nails, Conan finds himself in the Darfar region, whose territory is almost entirely covered by a huge forest. Here he pledges himself a mercenary, promising his sword to the highest bidder, fighting alongside fellow mercenary and fierce female warrior Valeria. After a clash against a terrible dragon, the two go to a strange fortified city, apparently deserted…but the duo will quickly discover that a civilization lives hidden inside, and that the citadel hides a heavy secret.
Red Nails is one of Conan’s most beloved and sophisticated stories. Howard affirms his style, persisting in his mistrust of modern civilizations, consumed by passivity, laxity and cruelty. Régis Hautière, Olivier Vatine and Didier Cassegrain give substance to this tale in splendid colors.
“Howard’s writing seems so highly charged with energy that it nearly gives off sparks.” -Stephen King
Publisher: Ablaze Media
Tarah: Disney Frozen: True Treasure TP
Frozen is once again my pick this week with a lead up story to Frozen II. When I read the synopsis it had me hooked immediately.Frozen II gave us so much history and background on what we saw in the first Frozen film and these added stories just give us more lore into the Frozen universe. The art and writing is actually pretty decent for the wide audience range. I recommend checking it out if you are in need of a Frozen fix!.
Writer: Joe Caramagna
Artist: Studio Kawaii, Eduard Petrovich
During a tribute to the beloved king and queen of Arendelle, Elsa and Anna stumble upon some old boxes of their parents’ belongings. What they find inside sparks some of their youngest childhood memories-it’s a scavenger hunt. The sisters embark on an adventure exploring past, present, and future in their search to uncover a lost message from their mother. Collects issues #1-#3 of the miniseries.
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Lastly, here’s Sean with a Geek Peek for all the Class of 2020 to read…
Sean: Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
My geek pick of the week is Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano. It’s a book book, no pictures or anything, but it’s highly relevant in the way people say we’re living in Orwell’s 1984 or Huxley’s Brave New World.. I say it’s a little of each of those things, but very much Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano. A world where Tech is King, and the upper class is composed of Engineers and Managers with a huge gap between everything else.
Writer: Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut’s first novel spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a supercomputer and run completely by machines. Paul’s rebellion is vintage Vonnegut—wildly funny, deadly serious, and terrifyingly close to reality.
Publisher: The Dial Press (1999 Edition)
Code: 978-0385333788 (ISBN 13)